Arionne Alyssa Nettles

Professional Storyteller

Arionne Nettles is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

As a culture reporter in print and audio, her stories often look into Chicago history, culture, gun violence, policing and race & class disparities as a contributor to the New York Times Opinion, Chicago Reader, The Trace, Medium’s ZORA and Momentum, Chicago PBS station WTTW and NPR affiliate WBEZ. She is also host of Is That True? A Kids Podcast About Facts.

Nettles was recently deputy editor at nonprofit civic media organization City Bureau and worked as a digital producer at WBEZ where she ran the daily digital desk. She helped develop a new collaboration with NPR’s digital team and was the host of WBEZ’s first video interview series.

Prior to joining the WBEZ team, Nettles was a multiplatform editor at The Associated Press where she edited stories for AP’s 14-state central region, breaking news online and on social platforms. She also worked as digital managing editor of the Chicago Defender, one of the nation’s oldest black newspapers, and as a freelance reporter before pivoting to full-time journalism.

Nettles started her professional career in business and marketing. She spent several years working in digital marketing strategy as a consultant and led the social media team at one of Chicago’s fastest-growing companies.

Nettles obtained bachelor and master of business administration degrees from Florida A&M University and a master of science in journalism degree from Medill, where she received the Harrington Award for magazine writing and editing.

Nettles is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and works to teach Chicago-area teens the power of words through her organization, Write Chicago, and its “sicker than your average” writing workshops.

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What's been up?

A look at my recent work and projects

New York Times Opinion And The Trace: Black Mothers On Gun Violence

For eight months, I interviewed women from around the United States, including a mix of mothers who have lost kids to violence, mothers whose kids have been injured by bullets, and mothers who have not experienced either of those but who worry about it constantly and are trying to keep their kids safe.

The project was co-published with New York Times OpinionThe Trace, Flint Beat, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, and The Oaklandside.